A teen's death has been ruled a suicide by gunshot. According to WTVR, 17-year-old Hannah Green's death was ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen, per the Medical Examiner’s Office in Amelia County, Virginia.
Green was found dead on Saturday at a storage building. "The Amelia Sheriff's Office received a report of a 17-year-old female with a gunshot wound to her stomach," an Amelia Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. "The victim was in a storage building at the property [in the Morefield Meadows subdivision]. The victim was conscious and able to talk to deputies before being transported, by ambulance, to Chippenham Hospital."
Green died later at the hospital.
Her family has been skeptical of her suicide. "[There was] no indication that she would have done this to herself," Tina Green, the victim's stepmother, said. At the time, Green was living with her boyfriend. "We saw or spoke with her every day... we're still numb and anxious for answers." She continued, "She was the ray of sunshine that lit up our home and our lives. My heart is broken and there is a hole that will never be filled, there isn't a soul on Earth that could compare to Hannah."
"Hannah was always smiling, always happy. She loved playing softball and she loved being with her friends. She loved family,” said her father, William Green.
Green's friends also opened up about missing the teen, who was an avid softball and volleyball player. "She makes the most outrageous plays you've ever seen," said Deanna Dorton, the teen's best friend. Green was slated to graduate from high school this year and planned to attend Longwood University in the fall.
Investigators have not released any additional information about the incident.
As the Huffington Post reported last year, teen suicide rates for young men and women are on the rise. The suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to 2015 (the highest year), according to the CDC. The suicide rate for teen boys increased from 12 suicides per 100,000 individuals in 1975 to 18 suicides per 100,000 people in 1990 (the highest year).
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